|An aerial view of the property near the Maryland Correctional Institution|
where a 20MW PV plant will be built. (Photo courtesy of Google Images)
Maryland Solar was created by Beowulf Energy, whose managing director, Michael Enright, served as Gov. Martin O’Malley’s chief of staff and senior adviser before he left the administration last year. O’Malley, who sits on the board with Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, noted his former adviser’s position at the company before voting to approve the deal.
Maryland Solar will get $24 million in federal subsidies for the project.
Maryland’s renewable energy goals calls for using solar energy for 2 percent of the state’s overall power needs by 2022. That would require the state to have between 1,000 and 1,200 megawatts of solar power. The state currently only has about 20 megawatts of solar energy. (The Daily Record, 7/27/2011)